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Thanks to Steve Guzelimian,from Optergy, for providing us with this informative post:
Demand charges can be confusing. It is an invisible variable that can be costing big bucks when it comes to electricity bills. Even though invisible, it is not out of your control.
Most of us understand charges when it comes to Kilowatt Hours (kWh). For example, a motor has a 300kw rating, and therefore every hour it runs at full capacity, it uses 300kWh.
An electricity bill then breaks down what parts of the day that energy has been used, and the charges incurred for usage at those times. This part is simple.
Demand charges are different. Demand is measurement that defines what the maximum flow of electricity has been over a given time and is measured in kilovolt amperes (kVA).
There are two common charge models that energy companies use to charge for demand;
- measure the kVA maximum achieved in a month
- measure the kVA maximum achieved in a year
Both of these models punish the user as they charge for that single maximum achieved for the entire charge period. Utility companies typically charge the entire period for this maximum because they needed to have that capacity available in the electricity grid ready if a user needs it again.
Figure 1; Showing a 1-year graph of demand. Notice 879kVA being achieved once throughout the whole 1-year period.
Say you have one day of extreme heat, where all of your buildings plant runs at 100% capacity for a sustained 30-minute period and achieves your highest peak demand. Now because of this you can be charged at that peak rate for the entire month or year. Therefore, making the consequences for this one 30-minute period cost your business for a lot longer. Take a look at your bill, and usually towards the bottom it will have your peak demand charge, have you ever noticed? How much is your peak demand costing you? You need to be able to identify these situations so that you can reduce the impact they have on you.
Figure 2; Showing an example bill for a single month from the 1-year demand graph shown earlier. This customer is being charged using method number 2, the kVA maximum achieved in a year. The maximum demand being charged is 879kVA with the actual measured demand for that month being 796kVA.
The monetary impact for this once off occurrence is high, however it is easy to reduce this impact if you take control of your peak demand. This can be done with a system that has combined its energy management and building management systems. The ability to control your peak demand requires these two systems working simultaneously. Your energy management system will be monitoring you main incoming meter, which will advise your instantaneous demand. While your building management system will be running your building plant to whatever the current conditions require. Without these 2 systems talking to one another there is no way to control your peak demand. Having the capability for both these systems to communicate is extremely powerful, and allows you to control your peak demand. Once a system starts to see you reach a percentage of your desired peak, it can start adapting the operations of your building to immediately reduce your demand. This need only last for a short time, and once the demand reduces it can then return your building to normal operation.
If your building has demand limiting, instead of one moment in a month or year affecting your bills, you can control this moment and greatly reduce the effect it will have on your operating expenses. Demand limiting has the ability to reduce loads via your building management system, whether it be a binary point (on/off) such as a fan, motor or lighting or an analogue point (modulating point) such as VFD fan speed or compressor loading. Because peak demand can occur over a short time, whatever is turned off or ramped down, is only in this reduce state for a short period of time. For example, you may have multiple AC units turning on one floor, which is increasing your demand, so you can turn off your toilet exhaust fans for a few minutes while these units start up. Once they have started up, and your demand has returned to a normal state, your exhaust fans turn back on automatically. This will have zero impact on your tenants, but will have a large impact on your monthly bills. Another example would be to reset your chilled water supply temperature up half or full degree which in turn unloads the chillers compressor for a short period, then return to automatic modulation once the building load has steadied. Again this will have minimal impact on your occupants but a significant impact on your monthly bills.
Optergy is a system that can be used as a combined building automation and energy management system. It can be used from project inception, or added to a legacy building automation or energy management system. With built in applications Optergy can be used to manage the demand of your building automatically without your tenants noticing any change in building conditions. The only change you will notice is the reduction in electricity costs.
Figure 3; Showing the same customers demand profile 2 years later with demand management implemented. The maximum demand has been managed and reduced to 647kVA, a reduction in demand and cost by 26% with no additional tenant complaints.
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A message from Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell President and CEO
Honeywell Announces Planned Portfolio Changes
|Today, we announced several important planned changes to our portfolio that will position the Company for sustainable organic sales growth and margin expansion within a more focused set of end markets. You can read the details about these changes – including our intention to spin off our Homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business as well as our Transportation Systems business into two stand-alone, publicly-traded companies – in this morning’s press release and in our presentation to investors.|
|These are big changes for the Company, and I want to emphasize that regardless of whether an employee will remain with Honeywell or join the new Homes or TS businesses, all employees will continue to be part of dynamic organizations whose top priority is to bring value to their customers by offering technology-differentiated solutions. There will be many new professional opportunities to grow and thrive. Above all, we will be in a terrific position to continue to perform for our customers, our shareowners, and for each other. Let’s remember the spins will likely not occur until late next year and, until then, both businesses will remain fully a part of Honeywell. We must stay focused at all times on doing a great job for our customers and executing on our business plans.|
|The changes announced today follow the completion of a comprehensive review of our portfolio. We evaluated each business unit using numerous criteria, including growth outlook, financial performance, market dynamics, potential for disruption, and, most importantly, assessment of fit as a Honeywell business. We considered which businesses would benefit most from continuing to be part of Honeywell, and which would benefit from independent strategic and capital allocation decision making tailored for their evolving end markets. The remaining Honeywell portfolio will consist of high-growth businesses that are aligned to six attractive industrial end markets, driven by mega trends such as energy efficiency, infrastructure investment, urbanization, and safety. This portfolio will present us with numerous opportunities to pursue organic and inorganic growth and margin expansion through further deployment of our world-class HOS Gold operating system and the Honeywell Sentience Platform.|
|I also want to take this opportunity to welcome Gary Michel to Honeywell in his new role as HBT President and CEO. Gary will report to me and serve as a Company officer. He brings 32 years of leadership experience from Ingersoll-Rand Company, where he demonstrated a deep understanding of his customers and end markets, and the ability to translate this knowledge into technology-differentiated offerings that bring value to customers. Gary succeeds Terrence Hahn, who will move into a leadership role in preparing the Homes Products and ADI businesses for the spin and will continue to report directly to me. I would like to thank Terrence for his leadership in establishing HBT and building on our strong positions in these markets.|
|Finally, I would like to acknowledge the Honeywell Process Solutions team within Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) in advance for the work they will do to integrate the Smart Energy business into their portfolio. These businesses are a great fit with each other, and we anticipate that their combination will allow us to expand our industrial metering, control system,and software capabilities and serve a broader set of customers.|
|As a reminder, I will be hosting an all-employee global town meeting at 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, October 20. Please be sure to attend, as I will provide more details and insights into today’s announcements and answer any questions you may have.|
|Thank you for all your hard work and support.|
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BREA, CA—September 22, 2017
Controls Group North America (CGNA) met in Chicago on September 7-8, for their 2017, Fall Synergy Conference. “Engagement ²” was the theme of a very focused and elite event to connect and “engage” the Member Distributors and Preferred Vendors of the top controls group in the industry.
Scott Cochrane, CEO and President of Cochrane Supply, was the keynote speaker who shared the 50-year journey of his company, “From Parts to Smarts.” As a leading distributor of building automation solutions, Scott outlined his strategy for success for the next 50 years in the fast-paced world of intelligent commercial buildings. Every distributor and vendor in the room was intrigued and challenged by this outstanding presentation.
A panel discussion followed with Dan Preston from Johnson Controls, Marc Bergeron from ProLon and Mike Marston from EasyIO. They joined three distributors to further explore Scott’s perspective in a lively discussion moderated by Eric Stromquist of Stromquist & Co. in Atlanta. Mike Marston commented afterward that “The CGNA conference in Chicago was an amazing experience. The new ideas and willingness to embrace change, made for a unique event. EasyIO is very glad to be a part of this forward-looking group.”
The entire conference set the table for the final event: the “CGNA Inverted Trade Show.” For the first time ever in CGNA’s 34 years, the Preferred Vendors “walked the show,” as the CGNA Member Distributors manned their booths, ready to connect and do business. The response was quite amazing. By turning the trade show “Upside Down,” there was new and fresh dialog initiated by the vendors that was welcomed by all parties.
Jay Ranalli, President of Broudy Precision, said it well. “The “Inverted Trade Show” was very good for us. We spoke with several Preferred Vendors we were not doing business with, and we’re certainly going to take a closer look at working with them.”
Needless to say, the CGNA 2017 Fall Synergy Conference was a time of excellent “Engagement.”
About Controls Group North America
Controls Group North America (CGNA) is the leading network of Distributors and Manufacturers in the HVAC/R Controls industry, providing innovative controls solutions and resources for their businesses. Through progressive technology, strategic marketing, training and education, networking opportunities, and unified buying power, CGNA impacts distributors and manufacturers’ bottom line by increasing their market share. CGNA works to challenge distributors and manufacturers with business strategies and opportunities beyond the boundaries of their current business model. Distributors and manufacturers work together in one community-based network to accomplish what they cannot do alone, while changing the way business is done in the industry.
“Industry’s Elite, Working Together”
For more information about CGNA, visit cgnacontrols.com , call 714.529.2700, and connect via Facebook and Twitter
IT IS HERE!!
The wait is over and Honeywell has officially launched their New Light Commercial Building System the LCBS Connect. Join the fun at Smart Buildings Controls Master Distributor Stromquist & Company and see what all the excitement is about!
Honeywell’s LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control. LCBS Connect™ Cloud-Based Light Commercial Control Improve service to your customers and grow your business with Honeywell’s LCBS Connect. Remote HVAC system monitoring and diagnostics help you better serve your customers while spending less time in your truck. Features include: Monitor and troubleshoot light commercial buildings from anywhere at anytime; Operate more efficiently by remotely diagnosing problems and providing preventive maintenance; Handle issues before your customers are even aware of them; Grow customer satisfaction and retain service contracts; When you do need to get in the truck, you’ll make one trip instead of several; The efficiencies let you service more buildings without adding staff; and it’s The ideal solution for all your light commercial customers.
Reach out to your local Honeywell Distributor and ask for an invite to the Honeywell LCBS Connect roll out in your area.
One of the really cool things about covering shows like Realcomm|IBcon is that we quite often get first looks at new vendors and technologies. Although wireless sensors are not new to Smart Buildings, Monnit’s approach and product offering are. Check this video out to see why.
This just in from the team at Belimo:
Fire & Smoke, Codes and Standards
This webinar will cover the codes and standards governing maintenance and replacement of actuators on Fire & Smoke Dampers. Review of the NFPA 80 & NFPA 105 requirements on how to properly repair dampers and replace non-operable actuators in order to ensure the safety of the building and its occupants. Discussion to include International Fire Code testing requirements and UL 555 (Fire) and UL 555s (Smoke) regulations on new construction. Learn potential ways to uncover defects in your Life & Safety systems while verifying your practices are up to code.
Click here to register for the webinar on Wednesday, July 26 at 1:00 PM EDT